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Dates set for Season 5 premiere of Vivian Howard’s ‘A Chef’s Life’ – plus a viewing party

Season 5 of Vivian Howard’s award-winning TV series “A Chef’s Life” will debut in October.
Season 5 of Vivian Howard’s award-winning TV series “A Chef’s Life” will debut in October.

We finally know the premiere date for the fifth season of Vivian Howard’s award-winning TV series “A Chef’s Life.”

PBS will release the first episode on Oct. 3 and UNC-TV confirms it will premiere here on Oct. 5, keeping the show’s usual Thursday night slot (all local PBS stations can pick their own air dates and times).

A premiere party will happen at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at Carolina Theatre in Durham. The first episode of the new season will be shown, followed by a Q&A with Howard and director/producer Cynthia Hill of Durham-based Markay Media. Tickets for the premiere party will go on sale next week through Carolina Theatre.

“A Chef’s Life,” which follows Howard and her husband, Ben Knight, as they run the Chef & the Farmer restaurant and the Boiler Room Oyster Bar in Kinston, won a Peabody Award in 2014 and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in 2015. Howard also won Outstanding Television Personality in the annual James Beard Foundation awards in 2016 and was nominated this year for another Daytime Emmy Award, this time for Outstanding Host.

The upcoming fifth season of the show will follow Howard as she launches her book tour.

Howard and Hill are also working together on a new series which will focus on the cultural significance of food of various regions of the country.

Howard also published the critically acclaimed cookbook, “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South,” last year, and she and Knight are working on opening a pizza restaurant, Benny’s Big Time, in Wilmington.

“Deep Run Roots,” her debut book, has won several awards, including Cookbook of the Year from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and most recently the Southern Book Prize in the Cooking category. Nominees are named by Southern booksellers and customers and chosen by a jury of booksellers.